Inside the MFAH
“Inside the MFAH” provides perspectives, conversations, and opinions from insiders at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
At the Museum, we practice “preventative conservation” so that our common history can be passed on for generations to come. It’s something you can do, too.
Teamwork Saves a Great Work of Art for Houston’s Future August 22, 2019
On the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey, a look at rescue efforts to save a historic Houston mural that was created by John Biggers.
All Aboard the Texas-Inspired Train Display at Christmas Village December 21, 2018
This year’s model train set at Bayou Bend’s Christmas Village features handcrafted, Texas-inspired updates, including a desert landscape and nods to iconic art installations.
Rediscovering a Velázquez: The Attribution of “Kitchen Maid” December 18, 2018
After extensive conservation and research, a painting that has been in the MFAH collection for decades is newly attributed to Spanish master Diego Velázquez.
Conservators Keep “Colors of the Oasis” Vibrant April 27, 2017
Without experts like conservators, the vivid textiles of “Colors of the Oasis” would be lost. I chat with textile conservator Esther Méthé about ensuring that the exhibition’s ikats well cared-for.
Beyond Visible: UV-Visible Fluorescence in Works of Art April 11, 2017
Only through examination with ultraviolet illumination can Museum conservators see details such as brushwork with total clarity.
Making Holiday Magic, One Track at a Time December 15, 2016For the past three months, Steve Pine, senior conservator of decorative arts, has been hard at work constructing a model train set from scratch. He spoke with me about the process behind this magical work, which made its debut at the center of the Spiegeltent for this year’s Christmas Village at Bayou Bend. How did you create the model train set?I built the support and wired up the electrical …
Invisible Forces: Mounting with Magnets July 28, 2016
We paper conservators at the MFAH have been experimenting with using rare-earth magnets to help us display works of art. Using strong, rare-earth magnets opens up new possibilities for exhibiting works on paper.